Mike Diaz Promoted to Head Baseball Coach
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SHREVEPORT-Preparing to begin his seventh season with the Centenary baseball program, Mike Diaz was recently announced as the new head baseball coach after serving the past six years as an associate head coach.

Diaz brings a solid resume as a coach and recruiter, a role he has held for the past six seasons at Centenary under Ed McCann. With the naming of Diaz as head coach, Centenary baseball is laying the groundwork for a bright and exciting future.

"I am excited about the opportunity and my first DI head coaching job. This is something I have always envisioned doing and I am glad that I am able to be a part of a place I am so familiar with. My family and I are looking forward to this next step," said Diaz.

In the role as associate head coach, Diaz served as the hitting coach and infield play specialist, while coaching third base. He also oversaw the team's strength and conditioning program in addition to working as the team's recruiting coordinator.

In the midst of a successful summer recruiting season, Diaz is optimistic this transitional year from NCAA Division I to Division III status will be both successful and a great foundation for future success in the American Southwest Conference, which Centenary will be a member of in the 2011-12 season.

"The program currently has 10 new student-athletes deposited for the Fall and another 10 who have verbally committed to enroll. Coupled with a returning roster of six players who have indicated intent to return, we feel very good about where we are and where we are headed," said Diaz.

"Our ability to move quickly and position Centenary for success during this recent transition attests to the quality and reputation of the Centenary baseball program. Mike has been a vital component in building the program and naming him as head coach provides a springboard for future success. I look forward to the Centenary name at the top of the conference standings," shared Dave Voskuil, VP of Enrollment Services at Centenary.

While at Centenary, Diaz has helped guide the Gents to a 171-155 record, garnering multiple 30-win seasons. He has also helped coach Centenary to six straight conference tournament appearances, while finishing runner up twice.

"I feel like the success of our past, how we run our program, and our demands will not change. We will continue to bring in the best talent, best ball player and best student we can into Centenary," said Diaz.

As the recruiting coordinator, Diaz was fortunate to bring in and work with four All-Americans, 25 All-Conference players, including the 2010 Summit League Pitcher of the Year in Boone Whiting, and several All-Louisiana Sports Writers Association selections. Also under his direction, eight players have signed professional contracts, two of which came this season.

"As we move forward in the new era, we will stress the importance of recruiting players in our own backyard as well. Shreveport, and the surrounding area, provides a wealth of quality student-athletes looking for a quality education and a top flight baseball program. We believe Centenary is that place," said Diaz.

Centenary is coming off a 28-26 record in 2010 and a third place regular season mark in The Summit League. Eight players finished the season hitting above .300 and as a team, the Gents managed a solid .290 clip. 

Diaz and Centenary are currently finalizing discussion in bringing Jason Stephens in as the top assistant to the coaching staff.

"Coach Stephens brings a wealth of experience to our program. He has played an essential role as a pitching coach over the last year. He is a local guy that is considered one of the best pitching coaches in the area," said Diaz.

"As far as the future is concerned, I am optimistic and ready for the challenge that lies ahead. Look for us to be a powerhouse program at the Division III level."

Mike Diaz at a Glance

Education

  • Albertson, '98, Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and Social Studies Education
  • Western Michigan, '03 Masters of Arts Degree in Physical Education

Family

  • Wife: Marissa
  • Daughter: Malia (4 ½ months)
  • Dog: Mugsy

Coaching Career

  • 2010-11 - Centenary Head Coach
  • 2005-10 - Centenary Associate Head Coach
  • 2001-04 - Western Michigan Assistant Coach
  • 2000-01 - Kalamazoo College Assistant Coach
  • 1999-00 - Univ. of Pacific Volunteer Assistant Coach

Playing Experience

  • 1997-98 - Albertson
    • '98 NAIA National Championship team
    • First Team All-Cascade Conference second basemen
  • 1994-96 - Big Bend CC
    • First Team All-NWAACC second basemen